Entitlement is the worst legacy of many social institutions, including the church. Many people are angry because they were taught to have false expectations about God, people, and the world. When expectation and reality do not line up, the end result is disappointment, and disappointment is one of the greatest pains any human can experience. Entitlement, it follows, is an enemy of mental health and relationship success.
Gratitude, on the other hand, expects nothing and appreciates everything. Gratitude makes us and the people around us feel good. Gratitude, it follows, is a friend of mental health and relationship success.
Today, let’s lower our expectations of others and focus on the things we have to be grateful for.
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